Errors eclipse Chiefs’ chances of winning

Two days prior to classes: I decided to make a noon baseball game (12:30 start due to rain) and an eclipse watching party (30 minute break in the game to watch). I had some old glasses from 2012.

In fact, this was my 3’rd Chiefs game in a row. On Saturday, we took Tracy and the Chiefs lost 7-6, despite a grand slam. 4 errors killed them.
Sunday: pitcher’s duel. The Chiefs won 2-0 but committed 3 errors.
Today: lost to Clinton again 7-6; a disastrous 2n’d inning which saw 3 errors and the Chiefs leave home plate uncovered cost them 3 runs, and the game. There were 4 home runs, 2 by each team. One of the Clinton home runs cleared the second green fence that was to the left and behind the large visual screen. One of the Chiefs homeruns hit that said screen.

Now games where you have 4, 3 and 4 errors all in a row…there is a problem. I noticed and said something…yesterday and today.

And my thoughts: well, that team that fielded so well is now at Palm Beach! (the “advanced A” Cardinals affiliate). Ok, that is an exaggeration, but the Cardinals are good about promoting the players and a few Chiefs have earned promotions this season. This can lead to growing pains for the team that is left behind. Ah, the life of a minor league baseball fan. 🙂

Workout notes: 4 mile walk yesterday. Today: almost full weight workout: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10: went ok), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer machine, military (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. 2 sets of rope skips (16, 22), 2 sets of squats (50’s, 20 inch, windowsill).

Yes, I have a cold. So I drove to a game I normally walk to. Easy for the next few days.

August 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment


I cannot keep up with the administration without a scorecard; evidently Bannon is now out.

Who knows what else is in store.

I was going to write about white supremacy and how white supremacy is a superset of bigotry; it is really more or less a base assumption that what the average white person experiences in life is more or less what everyone experiences (i. e., if you see law enforcement as a friendly presence, then everyone who isn’t a criminal ought to see them that way as well, ergo, BLM must be bad), and that assumption is unwarranted and has immoral consequences.

But…wow…things are moving so fast.

And the semester looms…

Workout notes: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, less rest than normal), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, standing military (dumbbells), 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. dumbbell rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65. abs: 2 sets of moving bridge, twist crunch, yoga leg lifts. Headstand (better), rope skips: 33, 47, 26, 35, goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inches), 10 x 40, 10 x 50 window sill (lower)

August 18, 2017 Posted by | social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Corporate America: more responsive than Congress?


Now think about it: the Louie Gohmert’s and Joe Shimkus’ of the Congress really don’t care about what I think; they reflect their own constituencies. But a corporation very much cares about sales; it really doesn’t matter if they sell the item in Oklahoma or California. The profit is roughly the same. So here, the number of people who have money to spend matters, hence the opinion of such people matters. There is no gerrymandering to skew things, at least for national brands.

I know that this is not perfect, but wow…

Workout notes: weights then running on the treadmill:
weights; usual PT stuff (shoulder, hip, feet), pull ups (5 sets of 10; less rest…very tiring), incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, Hammer machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200.

Then treadmill run: 4 miles in 45:09. I did 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (increase every 10 min to 3 miles) then increase every 0.25 miles. That was my first “run” in a long time; I thought that I had lost the ability to run.

Weight: more or less the same; ok, down slightly.

August 16, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, running, social/political, weight training | 1 Comment

Confronting white supremacy: the messenger matters.

This video was from 1947 but is still very relevant today:

but note the tone: it was “peer to peer”. I think that is the most effective type of messaging.

The above is from my 1976 (junior year of high school) yearbook. Yes, we were The Rebels and I even had such flags on my bedroom wall; it was a “school pride” thing with me.
Now that you are seeing pushback against confederate monuments, well, you can just see the whining and complaining. Bottom line: many truly believe that “their heritage” is under attack. Yes that really isn’t what the flag was about. But, since I’ve been away, I’ve really become an outsider; they do not trust me as being “one of them”.

And that is my point.

When it comes to something as sensitive as race relations in the United States, the messenger matters.

Example: I have white friends who really have few, if any, good black friends. They simply do not accept that racial profiling by law enforcement is even “a thing”.

Yes, this is a conservative Republican. I agree with him on almost nothing. But listen to his experiences.

Here, there is no substitute for having different kinds of friends who experience life in the US differently than you do.

But when it comes to condemning white supremacyj, I’ll just say it. People will be more receptive to the message if it comes from a peer.

You know that your fiend likes you and understands your values. So you might be more likely to really listen to them.

Yes, my Facebook wall is full of old liberal hippies condemning white supremacy. But they are saying what you expect them to say. The person who is at every protest…well, their speaking out surprises no one; they are part of the background.

But a white conservative businessperson might have some personal pull with other white conservatives. A white Republican talking to a predominately white church might get listened to.

The messenger matters.

Workout notes weights only;

hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline press: 10 x 135, dumbbell military press: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 65, machine rows: 10 x 130 (up), goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 55, 2 sets of 5 x 60, abs: 2 sets of: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridge, headstand (ok), rope skips: 2 misfires, 50, 49 (missed on skip 50).

August 14, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, racism, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Realistic Optimism

Upshot: 15:02 pace for 20.5 miles (5:08); first 11 was in 2:47, 5 miles from Lake to home were 1:12:36 (14:31 pace; had found my groove a bit); kind of let up on the final 1.7 (14:54 pace). Weather was perfect.
Good news: nutrition tablets REALLY helped (ate 3 at 3:15 into it).

Realistic: when I was walking 5:15 marathons, this would have been 4:40-4:50 with this effort in this weather. The age group equivalent calculator predicts about a 5:46 marathon (based on a 2:45 half; I have one faster than that this year). That is about a 13:12 pace. Yes, that calculator showed a good correlation with past half marathons and marathon walks.

Course: Cooper, Union, MLK, Kumpf, trail at Hooters, in front of the Riverplex (as opposed to behind, due to set ups), around the goose loop and around the ball field wall (port-o-potty), up Abington, back to the trail through to Springdale, past Affina and the trail to Prospect, to the Tower, up Glenn to the trail again, across the Knoxville bridge, to the Sheridan/Northmore intersection, then back to the Tower, Prospect, Marietta, Monroe/Central to Forrest Hill, Bigelow, Corrington, Bootz, Hansler, Broadway, Columbia Terrace, Maplewood, Laura, Cooper. (18.75). Then Cooper to Moss, MacArthur, Bradley Ave., to Cooper and home.

Yesterday: weights only: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 140, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine, abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridges. Headstand (shaky, at first), rope skips: 13, 16, 20, 51. Getting better, but no one asked me if I used to box. 🙂

August 12, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

A Trump-free issues post…

This made me chuckle and cringe. Yeah, you see this, though I don’t see much of this in pure math. Once in a while, an especially hostile student might claim that I made some logical blunder (yes, I make a “go too fast” arithmetic error from time to time). But for the most part, I am shielded from this. Other professors do encounter this though.

The Google memo: you can read about the situation here and a critique of the memo itself here and another one here.

No, I did not read the memo and so won’t comment on its merits or lack thereof.

I will say the following: if one wants to try to be as fair as possible to underrepresented groups (a good thing) one has to find where the problems are. Is it that one isn’t getting many qualified applicants, OR is it that qualified applicants are declining your job offer, or is it that they are either choosing not to stay at your job, or is it that they have a lower than predicted success rate at your job? Those are different situations which require different remedies.

And it is possible for a well intended “increase diversity” program to be poorly designed, ill conceived or poorly executed. A worthy goal does not an “effective program” make. And a harsh critique of a program is NOT always a rejection of the program’s goal.

Workout notes: AM: weights then a 4 mile walk; I couldn’t make myself run:
hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff, pull ups (15-15-10-10), incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing dumbbell), rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200.
rope skips (9, 17, 36, 33, 30), goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inch depth), 10 x 60 deeper, 10 x 70 (20 inch), 4 mile walk.

pm: Mama T exercise class; got two “spandex babe” hugs today (Cassie spotted me in the parking lot)

August 10, 2017 Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment


I had a great weekend of walking…albeit one with a poor race (ok, poor final 5K..and I wonder how much of that was nutrition)

today: mostly upper body: hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10, good)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170 (lazy, empty gym), 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing)
rows: 10 x 60, 10 x 65 (dumbbell, each arm), 10 x 110 machine
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 sets of moving bridge
headstand (tough getting into it at first, but ok)
rope skip: 50, 50 33 (went well)
goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inch), 10 x 50 deeper, 10 x 70 (20 inch)

Then I walked with Barbara just a tiny bit.

August 7, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment

One mystery solved: I am Moby Dick.

I was wondering why running was becoming increasingly difficult. The scale was gone from the gym for some time and I finally weighed: 203.3 (shorts, socks, no shirt and shoes). That is up about 4-5 lbs over my norm this year, and somewhere around 15 lbs over the last time I was running reasonably well.

Ah ha. What strikes me as odd is that pull ups have become *easier* recently; today I managed 10-15-15-10. Hmmm…I tend to gain weight when I go from “mostly running” to “mostly walking” even as the mileage stays around the same. I know what to do..and how to do it…but am upset that I have to. 🙂

But the pants are snug around the waist and I am bursting out of my shirts.

Still…that doesn’t look like a fat guy.

Workout notes: weights only today (half marathon powerwalk tomorrow; hope the weather is like it is today)

hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff
pull ups: 10-15-15-10
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good…empty gym so I did not push it)
inline: 10 x 135
military (dumbbell standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, 10 x 110 machine
light stretching afterward.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | weight training | | Leave a comment

Misfiring …

Some workouts: well, you did it, and in this case, 4 miles is better than zero. I wanted to run and 1.5 miles into it…I just wasn’t into it (treadmill)
so I walked: 1 lap focus, 1 lap off (34:52, not that bad). Then 3 sets of 10 goblet squats: 50, 60, 60.

Zero energy today…it was almost as if I were perpetually sleepy.

On the good front: it appears that I made some progress on a paper.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Memory for little details….

It seems as if I have trouble remembering what I did a few months ago; my guess is that since I am older, I have more to remember. 🙂

Workout notes: am: weights plus a 5K walk (easy).
rotator cuff, hip hikes, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline presses (10 x 135, 5 x 160, 7 x 150), military presses: 15 x 55 dumbbells, 20 x 40 standing (dumbbells), 10 x 180 (90 each arm) machine.
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 each arm, 10 x 110 machine. 100 rope skips (10, 20, 20, 25, 25). It was a little easier this time.

Note: Sue watched me and gave some welcome advice here and there.

PM: exercise class with Theresa. Good class; we had a nice leg lift move.
Before class, I playfully pulled out the camera and she said “you saw me bending over..and wanted to take my picture…did you?” Well…no I didn’t. Such cynicism!!!! (LOL)

Nothing substantive to say other than I am puzzling over a that really should not matter that much at the end.

August 3, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment